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The Spirit of Saab

50 Reasons Why We Love Them

Vaughan Grylls



ISBN: 9781849948029

Price: £ 12.99

Publication date: 25 May 2023

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Publication date: 11 May 2023

Category: Heritage

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An evocative exploration of the iconic Saab brand, with beautiful photography and lively text that shows beyond all doubt why you should want to own one.

Saab is a byword for style, performance quality and safety – the cars have a reputation for reliability and solidity, along with classic Scandinavian design that have made them the go-to car of creatives the world over. Although production ceased in 2011, Saabs are still highly sought after by enthusiasts and collectors.

This fascinating book outlines all the classic Saab models from 1949’s pioneering Ursaab prototype to the last cars to drive off the production line in the early 2010s, including their world-beating rally cars of the 1960s and 70s and the best-selling Saab 900, with glorious vintage photographs and insightful explanation from Saab superfan Vaughan Grylls.

The perfect gift for the car nut in your life, whether they’ve owned a Saab or not, this book sums up everything that’s great about this truly classic brand.


Vaughan Grylls is a photographer, author and artist. His photography has been shown in the Photographers’ Gallery, Whitechapel Art Gallery and the Arnolfini. He is represented in several public collections, including the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, the Contemporary Art Society, Pfizer, Unilever and the Arts Council of Wales. From 1996 to 2005 Grylls was Chief Executive of the Kent Institute of Art and Design. In 2005 he founded the University for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham and Rochester, and serves as Emeritus Professor. He is the author and photographer of Oxford Then and Now, Cambridge Then and Now, Hong Kong Then and Now and Singapore Then and Now



'Well produced, with loads of full-page photography and chatty text’ 

Auto Express

‘When it comes to brands with an interesting story to tell, you can’t go wrong with Saab. This book takes you through all the classics, right up to the last cars to be produced. For such an inexpensive book, it’s well produced, with loads of full-page photography and chatty text that’s factual without being too dry.’  

Auto Express

‘Definitely one for marque enthusiasts, who probably already have far more than 50 motivations to adore their Trollhättan machines.’

Richard Gunn
Classic Car Weekly

'A very neat book on the much-missed Saab marque… It’s a very witty and masterful exploration of the once-great Swedish manufacturer.’

TKC Magazine